jpete wrote:A "victimless" crime would be drug use/possession or prostitution, etc.
There are no victimless crimes - some merely impact you directly more then others. You end up paying for increased security both in business and for additional police, cleaning up damage to neighborhoods and countless other impacts to society, i.e. the impact to people standing by - kids, families, etc. There's always a victim and there's always a cost to everyone else. Things become illegal when that cost is considered too high by the people. Lisa
So the billions of dollars spent on the LE, courts, and incarceration industries, along with every bodies loss of personal freedom is preferable to just letting people that want to take drugs, takes drugs?
You automatically jump to "Mexican drug war" which is in itself caused by the prohibition of drugs and you're exactly wrong.
When was the last time someone got gunned down over bootleg alcohol? It doesn't happen because it's legal.
Things become illegal when people think they can run others lives better than the individual.
Property crimes, burglary, etc. is ALREADY a crime and obviously NOT victimless. You ASSUME drug use leads to property crime. But maybe I just want to buy a new X-Box, or hell, maybe I want to feed my kids because I haven't had a job in a year and a half. Do you propose to make video games and food illegal?
Same with prostitution. Why can't two consenting adults enter into a contractual agreement? I'm sure you'll point out human trafficking and such but the kidnapping is the crime, not the prostitution.
Prohibition opens and expands the black market for goods and services because there is a demand for those goods and services. Any attempt to ban them is wasted time and money. And often you end up punishing perfectly law abiding people.